Thursday, January 26, 2012

The Skirt That Almost Never Was

Just a basic pencil skirt, one to replace my trusty Marks and Spencer number when it inevitably wears out. An "instant" skirt pattern. I started this shortly after completing the Apple Dress (autumn 2010), but for some reason I got discouraged (looking over the instructions, I think it may have been that the waistband stumped me) and the project was shelved, half-finished.

When I was drawing up my sewing schedule for the year I determined that I'd complete that skirt and so, finally, here it is. Although it's not quite the wiggle shape that I'd like in an ideal world, it's a very comfortable skirt, and easy to walk in thanks to the back kick pleat.

(that's not me "whipping my hair back and forth", it was the wind!)

Pattern: McCall's 4312 "Instant" one yard skirt

Fabric: Medium weight wool Prince of Wales check.

Alterations: Not much - just making a folded waistband interfaced with petersham instead of doing as the pattern directed, which was to face the waistband with ribbon and add an inner band of belting.

Techniques: Hemming with hem tape (it looks very neat and pretty).

Time to complete: Two years (!!)

Make again? For sure I'll make another pencil skirt (I NEED one in teal), so I might use the pattern again, though I'll probably adapt it to have side seams and taper slightly towards the hem. And make it just a touch smaller on the waist - I don't think I properly account for how snug I like things on the waist.


  1. I like your pencil skirt so much. i want to learn to sew :)

  2. Wow! Well done! I love to read your sewing post they are very inspiring! Infact I start a beginners dressmaking course tonight!
    Lovely skirt , looks fab!
    Maxine xx

  3. Great skirt, loving your fabric choice! X

  4. brilliant, I really have to make an effort to sew more

  5. Wow, how pretty. I really need to get back into sewing, I haven't touched my sewing machine since before Christmas.

  6. wow - it looks great. Nice job!! That fabric is beautiful.

  7. I actually indulged myself in an overlocker this Jan and since I've bought it I've been stupidly busy and not been able to use it, I need to get back to sewing!

    Fabulous skirt, great fit, your amazing figure helps ;o)

  8. Oooooh!!! PRETTY!!! Love the fabric. Well done you on finishing it :)

  9. Oh it's really nice, I'm glad you got around to finishing it :)

  10. Lovely skirt- well done! Love the top- where's that from its gorgeous?! X

    1. The top is originally Hobbs - I got it as a hand-me-down from my sister (but shhh, don't tell her or she might ask for it back!). Matin thinks it's a bit too sexy as it reveals a tiny bit of cleavage (!)

      xx Charlotte

  11. Looks fab, and yes I would have changed the waistband too. That top is just the right kinda sexy.

  12. I had to laugh when i saw this. I have been staring at that pattern for a month and havent gotten around to it yet. Way to go getting it done. It looks great.

  13. I love this skirt! I have a few pieces of wool that are destined to become pencil skirts here very soon.


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